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Raft, Hike and Canyon in Montenegro

Explore Montenegro's crystal clear rivers, tackle Europe’s deepest, longest canyon and hike through its wildly beautiful mountains

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Raft, Hike and Canyon in Montenegro

Explore Montenegro's crystal clear rivers, tackle Europe’s deepest, longest canyon and hike through its wildly beautiful mountains

DURATION
4 nights
LOCATION
Montenegro
ANNUAL LEAVE
3 days off work
SEASON
Jun—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Podgorica Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Chalet · Hotel

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

No rafting or canyoning experience is needed, just a good level of fitness plus the ability to swim and handle 3-5 hrs of activity each day

Splash, slide and jump your way along the Nevidio Canyon in the heart of one of Europe's least-visited wildernesses

Raft white water in the Tara River Canyon, the longest and deepest gorge in Europe and a UNESCO-protected biosphere

Hike the glacial Black Lake and ascend the peak of Prutaš for sweeping vistas of the wild Durmitor National Park

Day 1

To the wilderness of Durmitor

Black Lake, Montenegro. Photo: GettyImages-1448313277

Hiking

1-2hrs · 5km · 100m up · 100m down

Touch down in Podgorica Airport and receive a warm greeting from your host, before embarking on a scenic 2.5hr drive to Žabljak, the gateway to Durmitor National Park. Arriving in Durmitor, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the iconic Black Lake as you hike around it, following picturesque forest trails below the towering Mount Bear. Don’t let the name fool you: Black Lake is famous for its clear, turquoise waters and if you dare, you can brave a cold dip. As twilight descends, check in to your cosy lakeside chalets near Žabljak. Settle in, have a chat about the adventure ahead and join your group and host for a welcome dinner – then head to bed, ahead of the action tomorrow.

Day 2

Rafting down the 'Tear of Europe'

Rafting the Tara River, Montenegro. Photo: Commissioned/Arron Leppard

Rafting

2-3hrs

Tuck into breakfast before heading to the banks of the mighty Tara River, under the shadow of iconic Tara Bridge. Prepare for a splash of excitement as you embark on a rafting adventure along the emerald currents of Europe's deepest ravine plunging 1,300 metres deep – second only to the Grand Canyon.
(For those seeking heights as thrilling as the depths, an optional zipline experience can be booked after the rafting, offering a bird's-eye view of the canyon.) Back on land, tuck into a tasty Montenegrin lunch including local cheeses, fish, and fresh salads. This afternoon's drive back will go via the charming village of Njegovuđa, stopping en route by the tranquil Fish Lake and Devil’s Lake as well as the enigmatic stećci (fascinating medieval tombstones). End the epic day in the comfort of your lakeside lodging and enjoy a leisurely dinner with your new friends.

Day 3

Summit Prutaš (2393m) and hike among Durmitor's giants

View from Mt. Prutas, Montenegro. Photo: Host/Wild Montenegro

Hiking

6hrs · 10km · 700m up · 700m down

Rise early and brace yourself for the ascent to Prutaš (2393m) in the wild heart of Durmitor National Park. The climb starts from the Šarban pass, where each turn reveals a new layer of mountain grandeur. The trail soon meanders through lush meadows and above the serene Skrčka lakes, with the towering peak of Bobotov Kuk watching over you from afar. Upon reaching the summit, you'll be greeted by one of the best viewpoints in the whole of Montenegro. Make your way back down the mountain to the comfort of Žabljak, celebrating a fantastic hike with your group and guide over dinner, then get some rest ahead of your thrilling canyoning adventure tomorrow.

Day 4

Nevidio canyoning adventure

Canyoning in Montenegro. Photo: Host/Wild Montenegro

Canyoning

3-4hrs

Hiking

1hr · 2.5km · 200m up · 100m down

Driving

3hrs

Begin your final day of adventure with a transfer to the idyllic village of Pošćenje, surrounded by natural beauty in the form of two glacial lakes and the beautiful cascades of the Skakavica waterfall. Next, venture to the enigmatic Nevidio Canyon, a hidden gem that remains one of Montenegro's best-kept secrets, boasting narrow gorges and vivid blue-green pools. Leap into a thrilling canyoning experience, navigating through a natural obstacle course of rocks and water, sliding and jumping through Nevidio’s narrow passages. Emerging from the canyon, hike back to your vehicle and enjoy a well-deserved lunch in a local restaurant before transferring back to Podgorica for your final night. Tonight you may choose to join your guide and group for a farewell dinner in the lively city centre, before delving into the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day 5

Goodbye Montenegro!

Montenegro mountains. Photo: Customer/Kiki Lawrance

Your adventure in Montenegro comes to an end after breakfast, when your host will drive you to Podgorica Airport in time for your inbound flight back home. Doviđenja!

Included

Guides

Local, English-speaking tour leader and qualified activity guides

Accommodation

3 nights in cosy lakeside chalets and 1 night in a hotel

Meals

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All your rafting and canyoning equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Chalet · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Chalet · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Food, Montenegro, Coastal, Getty

Start each day with a diverse continental breakfast, where cereals, bread, butter, jam, honey, cheese, eggs, bacon and a selection of teas and coffees will fuel you up for the activities. Come lunchtime, your guide will either arrange some picnics or you'll enjoy meals in local restaurants or by the activity centres. As the evening draws in, enjoy some tasty group dinners where the culinary traditions of Montenegro take the spotlight. Dishes will be hearty and served in large portions, including traditional soups, locally grown vegetables and regional dairy and meat dishes. Feel free to bring along any preferred snacks, especially if you have a sweet tooth, for that extra boost of energy during the activities.

Whilst your host can easily cater for vegetarians, please be aware that it may be more difficult to cater for special diets. The meals provided for those with vegan and gluten-free diets in rural Montenegro may lack variety. For this reason, we recommend supplementing your diet with food products and snacks from home. Please let us know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.

What is the accommodation like?

Photo: host
Žabljak

While in Durmitor National Park you'll spend three nights at a unique lakeside accommodation – Etno Selo Zminica. Nestled in the heart of the majestic northern Montenegro, the property offers a tranquil retreat just a stone's throw from Žabljak and the natural wonders of Durmitor National Park. You'll be accommodated in twin-share rooms, either in the main guesthouse or in separate chalets with lake or forest views. Occasionally (subject to availability), you may be accommodated in two-bedrooms chalets, sharing a bathroom between the two rooms.

Hotel Aurel, Podgorica, Montenegro, Twin Room
Podgorica

Spend the final night of the trip at the Hotel Aurel, a modern 4-star hotel located just 1km from Podgorica's city centre. You'll stay in bright, modern, rooms on a twin-share basis. Most of the city’s sights, as well as numerous bars and restaurants, are within walking distance.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room in Podgorica can be booked for an extra charge – see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Podgorica Airport, Montenegro

12:00 on Day 1

Ends

Podgorica Airport, Montenegro

Any time on Day 5

Transfers

You'll be picked up at Podgorica Airport at 12:00 on Day 1, so make sure you book a flight which arrives in plenty time for the meet up. If you are already in Podgorica prior to Day 1, pick up from the city can be arranged – just contact your host to request this. Your trip ends in Podgorica, and on Day 5 you'll be dropped off at Podgorica Airport in time for your flight, usually departing in the morning. If you'd prefer to leave later, taxis between Podgorica city centre and the airport can easily be arranged locally, for a cost of approximately €10-12.

If you decide to extend your trip in Žabljak and therefore need to transfer to/from there independently, you can opt to travel by bus (fares from €12 per person) or by taxi (approximately €120 per journey).

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Podgorica from London and Manchester (with Wizzair and Ryanair) as well as from the rest of Europe.

Alternatively, you may choose to fly in and out to Tivat on the coast of Montenegro (Tivat offers direct connections with other regional airports in the UK, as well as the rest of Europe). If you use this airport, you can ask your host to provide you with the details of a trusted transfer company who can deliver you to either Podgorica or Durmitor National Park to join the rest of your group. A Tivat to Durmitor transfer costs €150 and takes three hours; the shorter Tivat to Podgorica transfer costs €50-60 and takes two hours.

Another option is to fly to Dubrovnik in Croatia, and make your own way to Podgorica. However, please be aware that during the summer season, significant queues can form at the Croatia–Montenegro border.

Whichever route you choose, please inform your host of your arrival plans well in advance in order to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

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What's included?

  • Your rafting adventure includes all necessary equipment: a safety helmet, vest, paddle, long or short neoprene suits, boots and waterproof jackets for comfort and protection
  • Canyoning equipment provided includes wet suits, neoprene socks, helmets, safety harnesses, and specialized footwear to ensure safety and comfort during your adventure

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Main backpack or duffel bag
  • 25-35 litre daypack

CLOTHES

  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking boots with good ankle support (broken in)
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • A few pairs of hiking socks
  • Sandals/trainers
  • Sun hat
  • Buff or light neck scarf, for sun protection
  • Warm layers for evenings
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Swimwear and towel

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Small flashlight or head torch
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Walking poles (optional)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Additional Night in Podgorica Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Podgorica Single Room

Per Night

Additional Night in Podgorica Twin/Double Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Podgorica Twin/Double Room

Per Night

Additional Night in Zabljak Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Zabljak Single Room

Per Night

Additional Night in Zabljak Twin/Double Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Zabljak Twin/Double Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 117kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

No rafting or canyoning experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity each day and up to 6 hrs of hiking. Please note, this tour requires participants to be able to swim confidently to ensure your safety during water-based segments of the tour. The tour is not suitable for individuals who have a fear of heights or claustrophobia, those with limited mobility, or individuals with heart or back problems. Additionally, the tour is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with other serious medical conditions.

Nevidio Canyon is 2.7km long and in some places squeezes down to just 1.5m wide. You'll be swimming through narrow sections, jumping into pools, wading and diving your way through – however, your guide will always be on hand to help you cross every obstacle. The water is chilly in the canyon, but wetsuits will be provided.

You'll raft a 15 km section of the Tara River, navigating through rapids of Grade 2 and 3. These rapids offer an exciting experience, providing enough thrill to satisfy the adventurous spirit while still being accessible and manageable for amateurs.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Montenegro’s coastline has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters, whereas the more mountainous areas of Durmitor National Park have a sub-alpine climate with warm summers and cold winters with snowfall. In the mountains, rainfall tends to be more frequent than in the coastal aereas although the weather in summer between June and September is generally excellent - with hot days, clear skies and the occasional rain shower. Average temperatures from May to October are generally in the mid 20’s(in °C) but can reach into the 30’s(in °C) in July and August. Note that temperatures do drop in the evenings by several degrees. High up in the summits you may also encounter cooler conditions and stormy weather cannot be ruled out at any time of year. Although your host will do their very best to run the itinerart as scheduled, this will be always subject to safe weather conditions.

Any excess luggage can be safely left in your mountain chalet accommodation while out on the activities. You'll only need to take and a 25-35 litre day backpack to carry what you need for the day which may include a rain jacket, fleece, t-shirts, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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July 2024

Wednesday • 3rd July 2024

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Wednesday • 27th August 2025

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Wednesday • 3rd September 2025

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Wednesday • 10th September 2025

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